The 2016 Chicago Cubs were not the first team in franchise history to win a World Series. The 1907 and 1908 teams can also lay claim to that honor.
Ben Zobrist, though? Well, he’s the only player in Cubs history who can lay claim to winning a World Series MVP with the team. That’s because the award wasn’t established until the 1955 World Series and it wasn’t until Wednesday night that the Cubs put themselves in a position for a player to win it.
Zobrist took the label after being the most consistent Cub at the plate during the seven-game series. He hit 10-for-28 (.357) with two doubles and a triple. He also knocked in the go-ahead run in the Cubs’ 8-7 extra innings victory over the Cleveland Indians with a RBI double that scored Albert Almora in the top of the 10th.
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It’s the second year in a row that Zobrist has been part of a World Series title team as he was a member of last year’s Kansas City Royals. Zobrist signed a four-year, $56 million contract with the Cubs in the offseason.